- Adam Tambellini, C, Calgary Hitmen (WHL) – Tambellini tallied a goal/point in all three Hitmen games over the past week (four goals), helping Calgary win all three contests. The Rangers’ third round pick (65th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft extended his goal streak to four games (seven goals) and his point streak to five games (seven goals, one assist over the span). Tambellini has recorded a point in nine of the last 10 games (11 goals, six assists, plus-12 rating over the span).
Tambellini is one of four players in the three Canadian Major Junior Leagues – and the only player in the WHL – who ranks among the top three in his respective league in goals and plus/minus rating this season. He ranks third in the WHL in goals (33) and plus/minus rating (plus-32), and is tied for sixth in the league in game-winning goals (five) in 2014-15.
He has registered a point in 33 of 48 games this season and has tallied a goal in 26 of those contests. Tambellini has recorded a point in 54 of 79 career WHL regular season games, tallying 95 points (50 goals, 45 assists) in those contests.
2014-15 WHL TOTALS: 48 GP, 33-23-56, +32 RATING, 16 PIM
- Brandon Halverson, G, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) – Halverson won all three games he appeared in over the past week, extending his personal winning streak to a career-high eight games in the process. The 18-year-old is the only goaltender in any of the three Canadian Major Junior Leagues who has posted three separate winning streaks of at least seven games in length this season. Halverson is also the only goalie in the three Canadian Major Junior Leagues who has posted 20 or more wins and has recorded only three regulation losses in 2014-15.
The Rangers’ second round pick (59th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has not recorded a regulation loss in his last 20 appearances (17-0-0-2, 2.59 GAA, .914 SV%, 1 SO over the span). In his last 37 OHL appearances (dating back to last season), Halverson has posted a 28-3-1-2 record, along with a 2.83 GAA, a .912 SV%, and 3 SO.
Halverson ranks second in the OHL in wins (24), ninth in GAA (2.95), and 10th in minutes (1,728) this season.
2014-15 OHL TOTALS: 32 GP, 24-3-0-2, 2.95 GAA, .906 SV%, 2 SO
- Anthony Duclair, LW, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) – Duclair tallied two assists in the Remparts’ 6-1 victory over Halifax on Jan. 23. Since making his QMJHL season debut with Quebec on Jan. 9, the 19-year-old has notched a point in five of seven games (one goal, five assists over the span).
2014-15 QMJHL TOTALS: 7 GP, 1-5-6, -3 RATING, 8 PIM
Notes from the Wolf Pack’s three contests over the past week:
- Oscar Lindberg tied single-game AHL career-highs with two goals, three points, and a plus-three rating in Hartford’s 4-3 victory over Springfield on Jan. 23. He has registered a point in 11 of the last 17 games (five goals, eight assists over the span). Lindberg leads the team in shots on goal (128) and ranks second on the team in goals (13), assists (15), and points (28) this season.
- Dylan McIlrath registered the game-winning goal and posted a plus-two rating in Hartford’s 4-3 victory over Springfield on Jan. 23. McIlrath has tallied four points (three goals, one assist), including two game-winning goals, and has posted a plus-five rating in January.
- Conor Allen tallied a goal in the Wolf Pack’s game against Syracuse on Jan. 24. With the goal, his sixth of the season, Allen tied his AHL career-high in goals (he has registered six in 38 games this season after tallying six in 72 games last season). Allen is tied for fourth on the Wolf Pack in points (18) and leads all team defensemen in goals and points in 2014-15.
- Pavel Buchnevich, LW, Severstal Cherepovets (KHL) – Buchnevich recorded an assist on Jan. 22 against Dinamo Riga. With the assist, Buchnevich now has 23 points this season, which is the fourth-highest point total a player younger than 20 years old has posted in one season in KHL history.
MOST POINTS BY A KHL PLAYER YOUNGER THAN 20 YEARS OLD IN ONE SEASON
- Daniel Walcott, D, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL) – Walcott tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in the Armada’s 6-3 victory on Jan. 23 vs. Rimouski. He has registered 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in the last 17 games.
- Richard Nejezchleb, RW, Tri-City Americans (WHL) – Nejezchleb notched three assists/points in Tri-City’s four games over the past week. He has tallied a point in 22 of 29 games this season (13 goals, 21 assists in 2014-15).
- Ryan Graves, D, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) – Graves recorded a point in each of Quebec’s two games over the past weekend (one goal, one assist). He is tied for sixth among QMJHL defensemen in goals (nine) this season.
- Ryan Mantha, D, Niagara IceDogs (OHL) – Mantha recorded an assist in each of Niagara’s two games over the past week. He has registered six assists/points in the last nine games.
“He was dialed in. He gave us an opportunity when we had some breakdowns. … He’s an asset when he plays the puck and moves it.” – Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Associate Coach Joe Cirella on the play of Brandon Halverson
“(After recently returning from an injury), he (will be) a big part of any kind of success this team has come playoff time after coming so close to winning a National Championship last year.” – Rangers Amateur Scout Larry Bernard on Brady Skjei